Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
Discover the similarities and differences between these neighbouring countries as you travel on our Authentic Indochina itinerary.
A grand journey taking in the both the famous and little-known highlights of this fabulously diverse country.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Residence Sisouk (Pakse)
This traditionally influenced property is a great place to stop on your exploration of the Mekong
For some southern Laos colonial charm, Residence Sisouk is a great option. This historic residence has been in the French proprieter's family since the 50s, and here you are welcomed as part of the family. All 16 rooms are individually decorated in different colours, each making use of traditional Lao textiles and with parquet flooring and high ceilings. All are en-suite with flat screen TVs. Throughout the corridors and winding staircases you'll find Laos antiques and photographs of local people. The hotel is in a great location in the centre of Pakse, close to many restaurants and café. From the top-floor restaurant there are great views of the Sedong River as it flows into the Mekong. On the ground floor is a lovely café too, serving wonderful French pastries including freshly-baked croissants, and good sandwiches. Bags of local Lao coffee can also be bought here.
Mondulkiri Project Jungle Lodge (Mondulkiri)
For the true adventurer, keen to shake off the tourist crowds and get deep into Cambodia's hinterland, the Mondulkiri Project is the perfect spot. For those staying overnight at the project, the rustic Jungle Lodge provides a simple, comfortable hammock surrounded by the sounds of the jungle to lull you to sleep.
Sol Bungalows (Mai Chau)
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.
The Sapa View Hotel (Sapa)
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.
Hanoi > Dong Hoi Sleeper Train (Hanoi)
The overnight train leaves Hanoi in the early evening and trundles south through the night to Dong Hoi and onwards to Hue. The Livitrans carriage provides the most comfortable option on the train, and though not luxurious it offers a reasonable level of cleanliness and service. Compartments are 4-berth, though these can be hired out for private usage if preferred. Please be aware that bunks are quite hard and approx. 170 cm long, and the train is relatively bumpy and noisy, so if you have difficulty sleeping this may be an option to avoid. You will be awoken 15 minutes prior to arrival, and on disembarkation make your way to through the station exit where your guide will be awaiting you. Please retain your ticket for inspection on exit.